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West Chester Chiropractor | West Chester chiropractic care | OH | Infertility

West Chester Acupuncture & Chiropractic

Dr. Julie Hilbert, DC, FIAMA, DiplAc
Dr. Burton Young, DC, FIAMA, DiplAc

Acupuncture, Chiropractic and Massage

Over 30

years in Practice

7665 Monarch Court  Suite 110
West Chester, Ohio 45069

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open 6 days a week





Did you know that Acupuncture can help with infertility? Studies show by as much as 30% or more.  How can it help? It improves blood flow to the ovaries and uterine arteries to build a stronger uterine lining, helps with hormonal levels, calms the mind and increases evergy in the body.


The article below is geared towards information about Acupuncture and Infertility.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of very thin sterile needles into particular points of the body. When the needles are stimulated, they can open pathways which regulate the way the body functions. Acupuncture can be used to treat most forms of infertility and is often used in combination with herbs and other alternative and western-based treatments.

Who is a candidate for Acupuncture for infertility?

Candidates for acupuncture include those dealing with:

  • Endometriosis
  • PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)
  • Low sperm count
  • Poor egg quality
  • Low ovarian reserve
  • Advanced maternal age
  • Sperm DNA fragmentation
  • Immunological causes of infertility
  • Implantation failure
  • Recurrent miscarriage
  • Those undergoing IVF or ART procedures
  • Unexplained infertility


How does acupuncture work?

Those who use acupuncture as a form of healing believe that the body’s life energy (called Qi) flows through the body and protects it from illness, pain, and disease, affecting a person’s health and balance. The belief is that this energy can become blocked or unbalanced by stress, trauma, poor diet, or a lack of exercise. Infertility is one manifestation of blocked life energy. By enhancing the balance within the body, the internal organs of reproduction are better able to function properly.

By placing needles into various points of the body, practitioners help release Qi. The needles are placed in different points and at different depths for each individual after a personal assessment. It is thought that the release of one’s positive life energy through the body pushes out negative energy.

Treatment in our office lasts approximately 45 to 60 minutes.  Sterile needles are used for each patient and are discarded after each session.

Acupuncture, when used in combination with fertility treatments, can help women to reduce stress, correct hormonal imbalances, strengthen the immune system, increase blood flow to the uterus, and increase the thickness of the uterine lining.

How effective are the treatments?


The exact reasons for acupuncture’s effectiveness are not clearly understood. Acupuncture helps increase blood circulation to reproductive organs, reduces stress which can inhibit fertility, increase the thickness of the uterine lining, improves sperm count, improve the quality of eggs produced, and can improve the effectiveness of fertility medications.

In a soon to be published manuscript in Fertility & Sterility, Diane K Cridennda, L.A.C., Mel Cohen, Ph.D., and Paul C Magarelli, MD, Ph.D. demonstrated that changes in Prolactin and Cortisol (known stress hormones) are favorably modified in IVF patients when they are treated with the Cridennda/Magarelli protocol. This protocol involves the use of 9-12 acupuncture treatments, which is significantly higher than the standard number of treatments. There was also shown to be a 10% decline in the risk for multiple births when using the Cridenna/Magarelli protocol.

Also, there have been numerous studies on the impact of acupuncture on IVF outcomes that demonstrate significantly greater pregnancies and live births when IVF patients added acupuncture treatment to their protocols. Two additional studies published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, one conducted in 2002 and the other in 2006, demonstrated that when performed on women undergoing IVF, acupuncture increased pregnancy rates up to 60 percent in comparison to women who chose not to receive treatments.

Men also benefit from acupuncture, most studies come from China and both functional and structural changes in sperm performance and shape have been demonstrated in patients treated with TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine which includes Acupuncture).

When should I use Acupuncture?

Practitioners recommend that women begin acupuncture three to six months before beginning fertility treatment. Studies show that the body needs at least 3 months before the true effects of acupuncture can be shown. Just before and after undergoing fertility procedures, women may wish to receive one to two additional acupuncture treatments.

Because the majority of miscarriages take place within the first trimester, treatments are often recommended to continue for the first three months of pregnancy. These treatments help support the pregnancy and specific acupuncture points are used to prevent miscarriage.

Call our office for more information or to schedule a free consultation.




West Chester Chiropractor | Infertility. Dr. Julie Hilbert and Dr. Burton Young is a West Chester Chiropractor.